This season of Westworld keeps getting better and better. "Phase Space" returned us to the mysteries of networked minds and control cores, explored thematic parallels on motivation and perceived weakness and, in the final moment, provided confirmation of one of the season’s most talked-about theories. It’s all spoilers from here. Let’s get weird. From the… Continue reading Westworld S2E6: Cut to the Heart
Westworld inspires all kinds of armchair philosophy — careful examination of every nuance, googling every keyword for maximum allusions, wild indulgence in what the show is saying about the human condition - but it's more than that. "Akane No Mai" keeps the answers tantalizingly out of reach, but it also serves up some satisfying payoff… Continue reading Westworld S2E5: Mirrors
Westworld's "The Riddle of the Sphinx" is the strongest episode so far this season. Though it lacks both Maeve and Dolores, the focus on the mysterious machinations of the Delos corporation, the expanded capabilities of the host technology, and the increasingly murky timelines provides fascinating fodder for new questions and wild speculation. This is Westworld,… Continue reading Westworld S2E4: Who Wants to Live Forever?
Westworld's "Virtu e Fortuna" picks up the pace from last week. Just as its title references Machiavelli's juxtaposition of virtue (or will) and fortune (or fate), the episode continues to explore the balance between the hosts' programming and their new self-directed path. Dolores is well aligned with Machiavelli's idea of a willful leader, but it's… Continue reading Westworld S2E3: Write Your Own Story
Spoilers for Season 2, Episode 2 Most shows have their share of lackluster setup episodes and it seems that Westworld is no exception. The second episode of season two isn't a major stumble, but it failed to leave the impactful impression that viewers have come to expect. Recovery is likely, but what's worrying is that… Continue reading Westworld S2E2: Glitch in the Narrative
Westworld is back! It's time to delve back into all those questions of self and consciousness and meeting your maker, to unravel the mysteries of the Delos corporation, and of course, to get our weekly dose of sex and violence. With the premiere of the second season, what's exciting me most, though, is that this… Continue reading Westworld S2E1: The Revolution is Female
Celebrating Year One To celebrate Wonder Woman’s first year of publication, creator William Moulton Marston spins a tail that draws Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, and Steve Trevor back together. Only the love triangle between these three is transformed into a love square involving Dolly Dancer, a young woman Diana trails Steve to meet at the… Continue reading Celebrating Wonder Woman’s First Year of Publication Or Ruining her Feminist Reputation
Recently I attended an event with Ph.D.s from around the country. As we shared our research interests I said, “Wonder Woman.” Some snickered. Some nodded. Some turned away. Wonder Woman? How is that a research interest? Some of them share my enthusiasm and ask me questions including, “Why doesn’t she ever get her own movie!?”… Continue reading Why Not Wonder Woman?
In “Introducing Wonder Woman” William Moulton Marston builds the foundation of Wonder Woman mythology—of which one of the cornerstones is the Amazon origin story. According to the queen of the Amazons and Wonder woman’s mother, Hippolyte, Hercules was insulted by barbs that even he could not vanquish the Amazons, so he traveled (with his army)… Continue reading Wonder Woman’s Roots: Compassionate Warrior or Lovefool?
Hey Everyone, If you missed our LIVE Google Hangout on Sunday, May 17, here is the YouTube recording AND a newly uploaded podcast episode for those of you who like to listen to us chat. We had a great time and send out a special thank you to our ONE live viewer. Please plan… Continue reading Game on Girl LIVE! Episode 147